Laser cutting machines are an excellent tool for the budding hobbyist or DIY enthusiast. They can etch, cut and engrave on multiple surfaces, making them an ideal investment for many.
If you're looking to dip your toe into the world of laser cutters it can be super tempting to cut (laser-cut, if you will) corners and snag a cheaper version. Plus, they seem like a good beginner option before committing to a high quality (and higher-priced) laser cutter.
We've all been there - wanting the newest piece tech so badly you're willing to compromise on quality. Especially when a deal too good to be true pops up. I've been there with (fake) iPhones from Singapore circa 2012. And cheap headphones online. And dodgy VR headsets.
Trust me; I know how tempting it can be.
Especially when you've put in hours of research online to try and find the best quality deal for the lowest possible price - I get the allure. I'm a bargain-hunter – something I inherited from my online-shopping-addicted family members.
But, as with most things, cheaper versions are often less expensive because their quality is compromised. So, when choosing a machine to purchase it's essential, you don't overlook the risks associated with your purchase.
But, when it comes to technology like laser cutters, getting a dodgy product can often be worse than you'd think.
A faulty laser cutter can cause severe damage to not only the machine itself and your surroundings but also yourself.
Firstly, there is the risk that these cutters won't work as seamlessly as a more expensive, higher quality product. This means you may end up with a sub-par cut on whatever you're creating. So not only is your product not high quality, but now, neither is what it's doing.
If you've purchased a product that's can't effectively do what it's supposed to, then isn't that a bigger hit to your bank account than buying the more effective, yet more expensive product in the first place?
More seriously, there are actual safety risks to working with a laser cutter that doesn't function properly. Thinks about it – a laser cutter is literally a machine that uses a laser to cuts things.
Blindness, severe burns, eye damage and even fire are all risks of working with any laser cutting machine. And, these risks are amplified when working with a low-quality one.
Due to the price of these machines, many people new to using laser cutting machines may be enticed into purchasing them without fully understanding the risks that come with them.
While the price of a good quality laser cutter may put off some potential buyers, don't be one of those people that makes a dangerous and potentially expensive mistake.
If you are looking to invest in a laser cutting machine, make sure you also invest in your safety and wellbeing. Doing this will ensure you're getting the most bang for your buck – and not having to pay the price in injuries.